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Pick 'n' Mix porridge

Play around with tastes and textures with three grains and three delicious toppings. Wonderfully rich in fibre, yet soft on the gut, this porridge is fantastic.

Pick 'n' Mix porridge

Preparation time: about 5 minutes
Cooking time: about 5 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients
Choose from or mix together:
organic rolled porridge oats
organic millet flakes
organic brown rice flakes

Method

  • In a saucepan mix 1 cup of grain, 1 cup of milk (soya milk is fine) and 1½ cups of water.
  • Pop on a gentle heat and stir for 5 minutes or so until you have a thick, creamy porridge.
  • Dish up and stir in your chosen topping. 
  • The cup measurement is not specific; just stick to these proportions.

Tips
If you prefer to keep it simple, you could always just add apple concentrate to sweeten and a splash of Good Oil to bump up the nutritional content.
A dollop of yoghurt will make the porridge richer and creamier.

TOPPINGS
Each topping is delicious with any of the grains. Once stirred through, the warmth of the porridge will kick-start the flavours and add natural sweetness to your breakfast.

Banana, almond and maple syrup
Ingredients
1 small ripe banana
1 tablespoon almond butter (or ground almonds)
1 tablespoon Good Oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Method
Using a fork, mash up the banana in a bowl (if your banana is not ripe enough, try
microwaving it for 30 seconds). Add all other ingredients and keep mashing until you are left with a sweet paste to stir through the porridge.

Berries, apple and ground seeds
Ingredients
handful of mixed blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
1 teaspoon apple concentrate mixed with 1 teaspoon water
1⁄2 organic apple or pear, grated
1 tablespoon ground seeds

Method
Heat the berries and apple concentrate very gently in a pan until the berries start to soften. Add the grated apple or pear and, after a quick stir, pour on top of the porridge and sprinkle with ground seeds. (You can add the seeds to the berries in the pan if you need to disguise them from young eyes!)

Sticky fruit compote
This is great for batch making and keeping in the fridge for a few days. It’s also super in winter, when fresh berries are not in season. You can add it to yoghurts, blend it into smoothies and use it for sweetening puddings.

Ingredients
300g mixed dried fruit (choose from prunes, apricots, peaches, blueberries, figs, raisins, sultanas, dates or any other dried fruit that you enjoy)

Method
Put the fruit into a pan and add enough boiling water to cover. Leave until the fruits are starting to look plump (30 minutes–1 hour) and then simmer for 20–30 minutes. When cooled slightly, pour into a food processor and blitz until smooth.

Tips

  • You could add chopped fresh fruit or nuts to jazz up the dish a little more.
  • For fun pink porridge, squash a handful of raspberries in a bowl with a teaspoon of apple juice or honey and then stir through your warm porridge to mix the colour and flavour.

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